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MARTIN HALPERN, Ph.D holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Rochester (1950 and 1953), a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University (1959) and an M.A in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music, 
Queens College (1997).
After a productive career as playwright, poet and educator,
Mr. Halpern retired in 1994 from his position as
Professor of
Playwriting and Dramatic Literature
at Brandeis University to devote himself full-time |
to what had long been a part-time occupation:
music composition. 
Since then there have been more than sixty performances in the
New York area of his art songs for various voices and instruments
and his chamber works for various string and woodwind
combinations, including the first of his four string quartets
which appears on the Meridian Quartet’s CD 
    Diverse Light, released byCapstone Records in 2001.      

Of the six chamber operas Mr. Halpern has written,
the one-act opera The Boy from Deerfield
was produced by the Lark Ascending Company
at St. Paul’s German Evangelical-Lutheran Church in 2000;
the full-length chamber opera
The Satin Cloak
was produced by the Operaworks Company
at the 78th Street Theater Lab in 2001
and by Downtown Music Productions
at the Leonard Nemoy Thalia Theater
in Symphony Space in 2004;
the one-act chamber opera
The Inseparables
was given a concert reading at Brandeis House in 2003;
the full-length chamber opera The Scaffolding
was produced at the Community Space in the Theater
for the New City in 2005;
and the one-act opera
Odysseus and Ajax
was given a puppet-theater production at
the LaMama Experimental Theater Club in 2006.
For each of these operas, Mr. Halpern composed
both the libretto and the score.  

Mr. Halpern is a member of ASCAP,
from which he has received eight ASCAPLUS awards;
the Long Island Composers Alliance,
in which he has been  Concerts Director since 1997;
the Society of Composers, Inc.;
the American Composers Forum;
and the New York Composers Circle.
He has been awarded ten Meet the Composer grants
for his participation in concerts at several
Queens and Brooklyn venues.

Contact information: 
Mailing address, 160 Henry St. Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
Telephone 718-858-1549      E-mail   

(For Martin Halpern's Website- Click on photo above)

(Click on image for detailed information and to hear portions of DIVERSE LIGHT)


MARCH 7-8-9, 2008

Following up on its enthusiastically received production of Martin Halpern’s
chamber operas Resurrection Day by
Mr. Halpern
Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8
at 8 P.M. and on Sunday,  March 9 at 3 P.M.
The first opera, based on a
Japanese Noh drama,
will again feature soprano
Judith Barnes, artistic director of Brooklyn’s
Vertical Players Repertory opera company,
and veteran VPR tenor Aram Tchobanian.
Baritone Nathan Baer, a winner in this year’s
Metropolitan Opera National Council
Auditions, will join them in his debut at BMS. 
Instrumentalists will be Jill Sokol, flute, and
Brian Snow, cello.
 Ms. Barnes and Mr. Baer,
together with bass-baritone
Peter Ludwig, will also be featured in the
second opera, based on a radio play of
Mr. Halpern which has won the
Bronze Windmill Award from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Instrumentalists will be Jill Sokol,
flute, and Yuliya Basis, piano.
The production will be staged by
Elizabeth Falk, with sets and
lighting by Michael Broughton
and costumes by Dixie Rich.
Mr. Halpern will again be music director.

The Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
is located at 126 Saint Felix Street,
around the corner from the
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
It can be reached by any subway
with a stop at Atlantic Avenue,
and there is ample parking at the lot
across from BAM.
Tickets are $15 for adults,
$10 for seniors and students.
They may be reserved by calling
718-638-5660, Extension 10.

Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
Venue Details
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